Nether Green badminton kings

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Nether Green A celebrate victory at the Sheffield Primary Schools Badminton Festival at Abbeydale Park.

They beat Ecclesall A 4-0 in the final, having won all their other games in the tournament by the same score. They beat their own school’s B team (Stefan Macierewicz, Eli Christie-Jones, Jude Noble) in the semi-final after winning all their group matches. In the other semi-final Ecclesall A (Isaac Clayton, John Pang, Noah Williams) and Nether Green A beat Abbey Lane (Tom Broadhurst, Alex Fox, Sam Wooldridge) 4-0.

* Sheffield players represented Yorkshire teams who were runners-up to Bucks in the finals of three competitions recently.

Niphada Khamphuban, Ben Reeve (King Edward VII), Nathan Rossiter (Notre Dame) and Sam Smith (Stocksbridge) were members of the county team which won through two rounds of matches at the Badminton England Harrod Under 17 Inter-Counties Team Tournament at Nottingham University to reach the play-off for places 1-4.

The team beat Surrey 6-4 and Lancashire 7-3 but lost 7-3 to Bucks in the deciding match to finish runners-up for the second year running, in an event which involved 36 counties.

Having qualified for the Shires League finals at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield as the winners of one of four regional leagues Yorkshire were hoping to reverse this result particularly as the team was strengthened by the addition of two players who missed the Inter-Counties event because they were playing in the Junior World Championships.

Yorkshire beat Derbys 17-3 and Bucks B team 18-2 but the decider against Bucks A team resulted, just as in 2013, in a 10-all draw with Bucks winning this time by 13 points, 367-354. (Yorkshire won by two points last year, 359-357).

In the Under-15 Shires League final in Hatfield, James Youle (High Storrs),Jay Rathi and Jake Steade (Tapton) were members of the Yorkshire team which beat Surrey 16-4 and Warwicks 15-5 but lost 4-16 to Bucks in the final.

8 Tapton and Notre Dame schools competed in the finals of the Center Parcs National Schools Championships at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.

In the Key Stage 3 event Tapton (Thavindu Liyanage, Josh O’Reilly, Jay Rathi, Harry Walker) beat Claydon Hall (Newcastle-under-Lyme) 4-1 but lost to Wilson School (Surrey) 3-2 including a 20-21 score in a doubles game thus narrowly missing out on a top three finish. In the play-off for places 4-6 there were two more 21-20 doubles defeats in each match as Tapton lost 3-2 to both Cowley International College and St Leonard’s Academy to finish in sixth place out of nine teams. Jay Rathi was undefeated in his four singles games. Notre Dame (Lewis Cox, Daniel Desouza, Isaac McQuinn, Nathan Rossiter.Don Wijesooria) finished in seventh place after beating Bristol Grammar School 3-2 and Gosforth Academy (Newcastle) 4-1 in the second round.